Clarification of information concerning MacAndrew and Broad Bay prohibited areas.

Karen Anderson made this Official Information request to Dunedin City Council

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From: Karen Anderson

Dear Dunedin City Council,

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The report of the Chairperson of the Dog Control Working Party states:

"Legal advice was provided from the DCC in-house legal counsel as to how we can address matters raised including:
- Due to a concern raised by dog owners about their safety, allow them to walk their dogs on a leash on the marked path through Macandrew Bay & Broad Bay prohibited areas. This will ensure they are not put at risk by having to walk on the busy road."

The legal advice was:
"This will trigger the need for public consultation so will be done when the Bylaw is next reviewed in 3-5 years."

I can find no record of this being raised in the Working Party but have inspected the maps stated to be the bylaw. Both areas contain an orange line and the accompanying pop-up states the line is a “Path”, and that dogs are permitted on-leash.

As dogs appear to be permitted to walk along the paths in both areas, dog owners could avoid the road and remain safe by walking on-leash along the designated path.

Accordingly I have been requested by members of the Dunedin Dog Bylaw Group to ask why the DCC in-house legal Counsel provided the Working Party with advice that walking a dog on-leash along designated on-leash pathways triggers the need for a public consultation.

Yours faithfully,

Karen Anderson

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